Cards (iOS)

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Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) (iPhone 4S)
Stable release
iOS 6.0 / September 19, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-09-19)
Operating systemiOS 5 and later
Size92.3 MB
Available inEnglish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Cards was a card creation application developed by Apple Inc. for iOS 5.[1] Cards was released to the general public on October 12, 2011; the application was discontinued on September 10, 2013.[2][3]



Cards allowed users to create cards and obtain them physically; the application offers 21 template designs across six categories, including "Thank You," "Holiday," "Baby," "Birthday," "Love" and "Travel," and allows users to customize photos and text within the card.[4] Cards uses Location integration. Users who choose a Travel design will see the name of their current location displayed on the card;[5] the app also reads GPS data from photos, so locations can be displayed even after the photo is taken.[6] Cards keeps track of each card a user creates in its history. One card could be sent to multiple recipients.


When finished creating cards, users had the ability to have it created in a physical form and mailed.[7] Users place orders using their Apple ID and password and include custom-designed postage if shipped within the United States;[8] each card is created from 100 percent cotton paper. Notifications appeared on the iOS device that the card was created on once the card had been shipped.[9]


  1. ^ "iOS 5 - See new features included in iOS 5". Apple. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Apple cancels Cards greeting card app, suggests iPhoto
  3. ^ Gurman, Mark (September 11, 2013). "Apple confirms Cards app for iOS is discontinued, recommends iPhoto". 9to5Mac. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Apple - iPhone 4S - From the App Store - Cards
  5. ^ Apple iOS 5 review: Modest, but definitely worthwhile | iPhone Atlas - CNET Reviews
  6. ^ Send Real Greeting Cards With Apple's New Cards App - Mac Rumors
  7. ^ Apple's app sends shares of card makers tumbling - Yahoo! News
  8. ^ Apple announces Cards iOS app | Photography | Macworld
  9. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (October 4, 2011). "Apple's New App: A Hallmark Killer?". Huffington Post.